Germinating Gladiolus

Ellen Hornig
Fri, 03 May 2013 12:09:34 PDT
All the summer-rainfall ones I've grown (from your list, dalenii, ecklonis,
oppositiflorus and saundersii) were straghtforward warm generators, no
chilling or other treatment required.


On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM, Dave Poole <> wrote:

> I've recently become more and more fascinated by the South African species
> and having found a reliable seed source in South Africa, have ordered about
> 10 sp. for starters.  Looking back through the PBS archives,  I note that
> there is mention by Diane Whitehead of the seed needing to be alternately
> chilled and brought back to normal temperature for about 1 week in order to
> 'kick start' the seed into growth.  There appears to be no subsequent
> comment about this so I'm not certain as to how important this chilling
> really is.  Can anyone enlighten me?  The sp. I will be growing are: G.
> aquamontanus, cardinalis, cunonius, dalenii, ecklonis, oppositiflorus,
> priorii, pulcherrimus, saundersii & vinosomaculatus.
> --
> Ellen Hornig
212 Grafton St
Shrewsbury MA 01545

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